While many people his age are settling down, Roy Messer is hitting the road for a two-wheeled journey that men half his age would never even attempt, much less finish.
Messer, a self-made Internet domain magnate, will celebrate his 70th birthday this weekend by going on a 70-mile bike ride from his home in
"I've got friends from all over coming in for the 70-miles ride," Messer told The Sun, adding that 15 to 20 cyclists will begin the journey. “And I know of seven or eight of us that intend to do the whole 70 miles."
For most people, 70 miles on a bike may seem nearly impossible. Messer may barely break a sweat. In 2010, he joined a group of cyclists on a 3,412-mile, 49-day bike adventure from
"It was a blast. It was the happiest I've been as an adult, ever," Messer said. "If you trained, it was a piece of cake."
Messer has only been cycling for about five years. He picked it up when he and his wife were looking for a healthy hobby. A friend invited him to do a bike ride in
He has plenty of time for his hobby now. He makes a comfortable living off the traffic on thousands of domain names he owns, and occasionally sells. A few years ago, he sold the rights to vodka.com to a Russian billionaire for $3 million.
"It's an interesting gig. I have no employees. It's 24/7/365," said Messer, who also owns the domain name rings.com. "It's a money-making machine."
Messer isn't spending all that money on his cycling lifestyle, though. Along with the 70-mile ride, he is also celebrating his birthday by donating 70 bikes to the Bikes For Tots Foundation. The foundation is operated by Bill MacBride of
"We gave them a few bikes last year. I knew I was turning 70 this year. I just had this idea like, 'Let's give him 70 bikes this year.' " Messer said.
To donate a bike to a child in need, visit Robin's Bikes and Fitness at
“Last year, we raised enough money to donate 73 bikes to under-privileged children,” MacBride told The Sun. “We’re still collecting money, so it’s not over. I hope to have over 100 bikes.”